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Subject: New York, got the ways & means.......
I taped this show & second set off the GD hour years ago and am listening to it today, pull it out over year around this time. Wish the view from the vault was this show, unfortunately I missed this one in person but the music lives on! Eyes opener must have blown away this crowd, and they keep the gas on the pedal. Love Bruce's piano work ,the energy that he fed to Jerry was certainly there that night. Truckin' into new Speedway is sweet, and I love the change in direction going from the dark star jams into Truckin. All around - thank you for a real good time!!
Subject: The envelope, please...
Certainly one of the most interesting, most unusual shows of the '90s period, if I may say...I know that Bruce in particular had some frustrations with the band's reluctance to *really* jazz up the setlists during his tenure with the band; this show and set 2 of 6/20 may be examples of his influence (he's definitely the main Dark Star culprit...)
Set 1 - the Eyes opener, unexpected as it was for the crowd, works (if played just a little too hurriedly...), and I think it was Jerry that most correctly referred to Dark Star as an "envelope" more than a "song", and that teasing madness begins after Brown-Eyed Women, throughout Masterpiece on Bruce's accordian, and again after Loose Lucy. It's a bit of a stunt, but I think the energy the teases *imply* works on its own terms - the gravitas keeps the "straight" numbers they play in a state of suspended excitement, on the edge of the cliff; check that Might as Well finale, hot damn!
Set 2 continues the teasing, the crowd going up and down in waves while Bruce plays them, well, like a piano! Saint of Circumstance is certainly a curio as a set opener, New Speedway is big league (up there with 6/7), but its the 10+ minute jam out of UJB where that "envelope" is finally torn open - and Dark Star doesn't **necessarily** emerge....listen to Vince in the latter part of that UJB jam, winding it up in the synth - he knows where he wants to take this thing, and it finally emerges into this crazy, *crazy* monster-swing "Dark Star Jam", but to call it that really doesn't do it justice proper - this is absolutely astonishing stuff, and while I think they did right to cruise on into the devils and the beam, what I wouldn't give for them to keep this thing going for another 10, even 5, minutes!
Post-Space, again, all weirded out - China Doll finds its footing amidst some Dark Star-ash fallout and then ends with such abruptness it sounds like the tape was cut (was it?!?!); as the Main Ten starts we're not the least surprised - it's *that* kind of night.
This show is unique, challenging, one to listen to a number of times in order to place the constant straying into context and "de-stunt" its appearance on the setlist. No, this isn't a "satisfying" show, but one you're going to want to come back to soon.
Subject: Thanks Jerry for an unexpected nug
I sat with low aspectations next to a herion junky in Giants stadium, which for heads at the time meant cheese. Then Jerry ripped out a 2nd set reversal for the opener. Thank you Jerry. No offense but you ran the show and Bobby could barely keep up. Thanks again for the nug Jerry.
Subject: youtube eyes opener vid
great show all around and actually i disagree with the last review saying the stories are boring. the stories people leave in here for the most part aren't boring are a great part of this archive. what better way is there to help paint a picture of what the show was really like for those who didnt have the chance to be there, whether you couldnt make it or maybe because you weren't born yet. Now I will agree that there are some stories mixed in that are just stupid, like the ones that consist of "we got real stoned on some great acid and found some great pot an the show was great dude". I just skip those and find the good accounts of what was going on that day or night. so anyone who was there, share your stories.
some inspired playing here. For a 91 show Jerry is locked in and definately enjoying himself.
God am I tired of reading reviews that people are giving their stories in. Reviews are for the MUSIC and SOUND, not your recount of personal boring stories noone cares about. Thanks
Subject: WOW- this is a best of for any era
anyone who rates this less then 5 stars shoudl get their head checked. the Interplay between garcia and hornsby is outstanding. Bruce enegerzied jerry so much, and this made summer 91 shows very good. Too bad bruce couldnt be the permenant replace for brent, because he clearly knew the tunes better then vince
I loved being at this show. Spot on fer sure. All of the "dark Star" teases. "Saint of Circumstance" was appropriate enough considering the rain earlier in the evening."Rain falling down..."
Subject: A beautiful time had by all.
Brought two people with me who had never been to a show... they wanted to get on the bus. But it was too late.
Chris Freedom -
Subject: The heart has its beaches
Pretty hard to keep the momentum going when you open with EYES but the entire second set of this show was
just top shelf, sometimes Ship o Fools can derail a set -not this night. I gave up on my set list because I kept hearing tunes they were not even playing
Subject: Liquid Dead
I over-played these tapess and then did some ArTwOrK for my tape cases, which was rare for me back in the dual-cassette days, but this show is all that and a box of chcolates. This the "only" Ship of Fools I really care to listen believe it or not. The whole show needs to be listend to in one sitting. Bobby and Vince sound great. Anytime Jerry sounds really good like this, attention is needed. I saw the Greensboro shows, but I would always pop this in to hear some sweet Dark Star teases, since April Fool's day was not as "liquified" as Giantz Stadium. I used to play it for my non-Dead friends and they would be speechless. I didn't even attend this show, but hearing it brings you right there, man.
Subject: Eyes opener Video
Subject: Jerry with wings
I seem to remember that there was a fan on Jerry that made his shoulder length hair take flight. Watching him smile and the wings flap made me happy for him, just being in the moment, jammin' with Bruce on Eyes. They were really on that night in the Meadowlands.
Does anyone remember that part of this show was on ABC(?) for a Hot Summer Concert series they had in the early 90s? I got home and my pop had taped it so I got to watch a few tunes up close on the tube.
Dan Chapman -
Subject: MIGHT AS WELL!
that's it-plain and simple. The 1st set closer. If that particular "Might As Well" was put under pressure and asked what song would best exemplify itself, without much pause,it would start jumping around the room and it'd be like "T.N.T. I'm dynamite ...T.N.T. and I'll win the fight ...T.N.T. I'm a power loud ... T.N.T. WATCH ME EXPLODE!!"
Subject: Great, but worth comparing the two SBD versions...
Although this is a more complete soundboard (unclipped EOTW, etc.), I still prefer the other soundboard recording. Just seems to be crispier than this one, with a bit more punch. Listen to a bit of both, and decide which one you like better before downloading...
Subject: fine show
a very nice recording of one of my favorite late day dead shows. the boys were on for sure.. getting adventure bound for sure.. opener of Eyes!, Bruce throwing in dark star teases all over the place.. I always enjoyed the shows at giants stadium for some reason.. it seemed a lot more fun than the horror stories from the venue across the street(meadowlands arena) any way thanks for a fine show to listen to and relive some sweet memories... highlights besides eyes are the 2nd set opening jam>saint,truckin..Darkstartease> ... a raucus masterpiece.. set ending cassidy
> might as well/ the new speedway.. the weight... highlites of this show was also shown on abcs in concert series a short time later with a mini docu film regarding the rainforest..Im sure its out there.. I recall jerrys long grey hair blowing all over the place.. a strange site on jumbo tron indeed.. I give the show high marks for the era it is and a nice sounding sbd....
Subject: The Performance of the 90s?
If this is not the best performance of the 90's, it's top 5. The band is on all night - check out the Dark Star references throughout from Hornsby, who is the player of the night. But not far behind is Mr. Garcia, who is as playful and adventurous as he ever was. This show makes me smile every time I listen to it. This recording is damn near perfect, with the unclipped beginning to Eyes, and the way through to the Weight encore. Here are some other great moments of the show 1) The jam into Masterpiece, 2) Hornsby's piano on New Speedway, 3) The transition from China Doll to Playin' reprise
The Just Exactly Perfect Brothers Band nailed it on 6/17/91 - don't miss a note!